‘Night Views Radio’ Host Robert Saul: Depression Never Sounded So Funny
If ever there were a BlogTalkRadio show on which anything goes, Night Views is it. Like what, you ask? Like an interview with Donna Simpson, the 42-year-old mom who spends $750 a week on food and wears (no joke) size XXXXXXXL dresses—during which she said, “I’d like to be fatter.” Or how about Jim Florentine? Soon after dropping in to chat, the funnyman set the record straight on his breakup with Howard Stern’s sidekick Robin Quivers. “We’re two adults,” he said. “We’re not in high school going, ‘I’m never talking to you again!’ ‘Well, f— you. I’m not either!’” Better yet, Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett. Among the projects he showed up to plug was the Disney feature Tangled, in which he plays Hook Hand Thug opposite Mandy Moore’s Rapunzel. The only problem was, he described the flick as being about “this hot chick that lives in a castle, but oddly enough it’s her pubic hair that she lets out the window.” So it’s no wonder we’re psyched to have as this week’s SoundBits subject, the puppet-master behind such interviews, Robert Saul. The self-described stay-at-home dad, who makes his home in Mays Landing, N.J., joins us live in three, two…
Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?
Whoever you are—young or old, rich or poor, Red State or Blue State, tattooed or regular—you’ll get a kick out of Night Views. We’re never shy about expressing our views on every topic under the sun, while allowing our listeners to do the same. Plus, we really get into it with actors, musicians, comedians and other newsmakers. Being fun first and foremost is key for us.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you.
(1) I used to suffer from severe depression. I was actually in the hospital along with my future mother-in-law, being treated for the condition. That’s how I met my wife; when she came to visit her mother. (2) Before launching Night Views, my co-host, Travis Wettstein (who’s also my cousin) and I had been talking about doing a radio show together as far back as the sixth grade.
Who’s your broadcasting hero?
The King—Howard Stern. I’m a huge Howard fan. He’s the industry’s greatest innovator. He’s the only reason I wanted to do the show. He’s also the reason that most people in talk radio have jobs. Radio would be dead now without all the contributions he has made.
If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?
Aside from Howard, I’d love to book Stevie Nicks. I’ve reached out to her management several times but I always get declined. Still, I love Stevie. She’s a beautiful person inside and out, and her music moves me. Interviewing her would be a dream come true. So if anyone out there has any inside connections, please hook a brotha up.
As we speak, what are you wearing?
My Bill Cosby-esque sweater. (Though no pants.)
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?
While interviewing Brad Garrett, I was drinking this Sopranos Prosecco out of a tall champagne glass that was bought for my wedding. Brad made me laugh so hard that I knocked it over and spilled the champagne all over my laptop, shorting out all the keys. It cost me 200 bucks to get the thing fixed!
Star of Disney’s “Rapunzel” makes raunchy joke
Brad Garrett Gets “Tangled” Up in Raunchy Disney Movie Comments
by Krista Westervelt
Actor Brad Garrett has gotten himself “Tangled” up in comments he made while promoting his new animated Disney film. During an interview about the new movie, in which he voices the character Hook Hand Thug, Garrett strayed a good ways away from G-rated territory.
Garrett spoke with Rob Saul and Travis Wettstein of BlogTalkRadio.com’s “Night Views Radio.” When asked about the premise of “Tangled,” he said, “It’s a modern day version of Rapunzel. And this hot chick is in the castle, and oddly enough it’s her pubic hair that she lets out the window. It’s kind of strange…”
The actor then caught himself, and said, “Oh God, God, I hope this doesn’t get out.” The hosts assured him it wouldn’t as they figured that they don’t have much of an audience. (Raise your hand if you’ve heard of “Night Views Radio” before now.) But, alas, it has.The New York Post had a whole write-up about the interview on “Page Six” on Wednesday.
Brad Garrett did go on to praise the film, in general, and Alan Menken, in particular, for writing the music for “Tangled.” Whether or not his praise for the movie will make up for his not-quite-G-rated comments remains to be seen.
Since “Tangled’s” intended audience probably doesn’t concern themselves with “Night Views Radio” or the New York Post’s “Page Six” column, Garrett should be fine.
Besides, it’s not as though Disney has never had any potty-mouthed actors working for them before. After all, the late George Carlin, who voiced “Fillmore” in Disney/Pixar’s “Cars,” was also known for his “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.”
On top of that, we have all heard of the various controversies surrounding supposed “hidden sexual images” in Disney films and packaging. There are sites and even Facebook groups devoted to the existence of these images. Even with all of that, Disney’s reputation has not been tarnished. Certainly a little joke about pubic hair isn’t going to get Brad Garrett black-balled from future Disney films.
What do you think about Brad Garrett’s comments about “Tangled”? What, if anything, do you think Disney should do about it?
Jim Florentine on Ex-Gal Pal Robin Quivers: ‘It’s All Good’
Despite his many accomplishments since splitting with Robin Quivers in 2007—including the launch of VH1’s That Metal Show and the shooting of the feature flick A Little Help with Jenna Fischer—Jim Florentine’s failed romance with Howard Stern’s sidekick is still top of mind with most all his fans.
Interviewed on Night Views Radio, the Crank Yankers comic discusses his fling with Robin, which began in August 2007, when—while live on Howard’s show—he asked her on a date.
“All of the emails I’ve gotten since I booked you on the show,” asks host Robert Saul, “it’s all about your relationship with Robin. Can you fill us in? Everybody is curious as to why you two ended the relationship.”
“I don’t know. That was three years ago. it just didn’t work out. You know—who knows?” says Jim.
“We’re still friends, we’re still on good terms. We still keep in contact.
“Look, we’re two adults. We’re not in high school going, ‘I’m never talking to you again!’ ‘Well, f— you. I’m not either!’” adds the funnyman.
“I’ve been on [Howard’s] show a bunch of times since and it’s all good.
“The schedule definitely doesn’t help and stuff. I travel. I’m on the road 15, 17 days of the month, so it’s tough to have something normal.
“People want year ‘round and I understand that. But my career, I always put that first and unfortunately that f— up a lot of relationships. What are you going to do?”
BlogTalkRadio Blog- August 5th, 2010
Brad Garrett on an ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Reunion: ‘That will never happen’
As with every long-running sitcom that has wrapped, there’s always a chance that those involved in creating the magic will be enticed to reunite.
So when Brad Garrett dropped in on Night Views Radio, host Robert Saul was quick to ask about an Everybody Loves Raymond reunion.
And without missing a beat, Brad—who played Robert Barone on the CBS series that signed off in 2005— replied:
“No, that will never happen. Ray [Romano] isn’t the type who would ever do that. Like Jerry Seinfeld, Ray knew when to go out.
“To this day, nobody made the money on TV that Ray did, on the last two years of the show… The money he turned down just to do a year 10 was unfathomable.
“But what’s great about Ray is, it’s all about the craft. And he knew we were out of stories and he really wanted to go out on top. We knew there’d never be a reunion. But with the passing of Peter [Boyle], there would never, ever… Out of respect, out of the love we have for Peter— you know, he was such a huge part of that show. And to try to do anything not along those lines would not only not be Ray’s vision, but it wouldn’t be respectful to Peter.”
But that wasn’t all Brad had to say about Peter, who died in 2006 of multiple myeloma and heart disease. He then recalled a little-known facet of the Young Frankenstein star’s physical presence, namely that…well, ah,we’ll let Brad take this one himself:
“Four or five years into the show we discovered Peter had a flatulence problem. The guy gave farts a bad name. It became an issue, a funny issue—like, Who’s going to stand next to Peter in this scene?
“Near the end of the fifth year, and we’re all standing outside the door before we’re all supposed to enter to do a scene. The audience is all there… and one of the cameras breaks down and the director calls for a five-minute hold. So it’s me, Peter, Doris [Roberts] and Patty [Heaton]. We’re all waiting outside for our cue…and god bless Peter, he just lets one go.
“Doris’ makeup starts to run. One of Patty’s fake t— deflates. And Peter, god love him, looks up and for the first time in five years goes, ‘Sorry, but I got to tell you, I got three more coming.’
“So this just shows you he had such a problem that he even knew how many were left in the chamber.
“But he was just so funny and such a genius that we put up with it.”
Las Vegas Review-Journal- June 3rd, 2010
At this writing, Tropicana management says it’s still in negotiations with comedian Brad Garrett to lend his name to a comedy club. But Garrett and MGM Mirage seem to think it’s a done deal.
Philip Recchia, program director for BlogTalk Radio, passed along an interview in which the comedian told “Night Views Radio” he is “opening up my own comedy club” on June 28.
This apparently would be in the small Tropicana venue that long hosted The Comedy Stop. The hotel may not be ready to commit, but The Mirage canceled a Garrett booking June 25 and 26 once word of the Tropicana club emerged.
Mirage officials say they had “a great relationship” with the comedian, who performed at least twice a year on his own or with Ray Romano. But MGM Mirage decided to part company “once he made an announcement” about the club. …
By John Katsilometes · May 27, 2010 · 10:37 AM
A point of speculation for weeks, a few details about the Brad Garrett comedy club at Tropicana have been announced — by Brad Garrett.
The towering comic appeared on BlogTalkRadio’s “Night Views Radio” on Wednesday night during the Annie Duke Celebrity Poker Night at Commerce Casino in Commerce, Calif., just southeast of L.A.
During his interview with host Michael Nayt, Garrett said, “On June 28, I’m opening up my own comedy club. In Las Vegas — at the Tropicana.” The space is to occupy the old Comedy Stop club, most recently a project of comic Bobby Slayton.
Seeking a return to the vibe of Old Vegas, Garrett already is drawing material from the neighborhood, jabbing at comic Louie Anderson, a headliner across the Strip at Excalibur. He told Duke, “You go to the Knights of the Round Table, then you ride Louie Anderson over to my show.”
Garrett’s onstage role at the Trop has not been specified. He makes recurring appearances at The Mirage and is booked there June 26, but not after. No lineups, schedules or pricing has yet been announced by the Tropicana.
Update: An MGM Mirage spokesman said Thursday that Garrett and the company have amicably agreed to cancel his scheduled performances at The Mirage after Garrett announced his plans for the Tropicana to the hotel earlier this month.
Brad Garrett’s New Occupation: Comedy Club Proprietor!
Ray Barone’s big bro is finally striking out on his own—in Sin City.
Interviewed on Night Views Radio, Brad Garrett, who played Robert Barone on the hit CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, revealed a new business venture.
“On June 28, I’m opening up my own comedy club. In Las Vegas —at the Tropicana,” the funnyman told host Michael Nayt at Annie Duke Celebrity Poker Night last week at the Commerce Casino in Las Vegas, which benefited After-School All-Stars.
“I’m very very excited. ‘I’ve always wanted a club,” he added.
“We’re going back to old Vegas —like the Cocoa Room—and it’s very very cool.”
Moments later, Brad invited poker ace Annie Duke—who recently won the National Head-Up Poker Championship, earning a $500,000 cash prize—to join him at his new establishment.
“This is what—you go to the Knights of the Round Table, then you ride Louie Anderson over to my show,” he quipped of the fellow comic’s act at Excalibur Casino’s famed eatery.
“I would love to have you there at the buffet!”